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Test System Configuration And Benchmarks

System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $500 PC
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$500 Gaming PC System Test Configuration
Component
Base Settings
Overclock Setting
CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 445 (Rana), 3.1 GHz, 1.3 V
2000 MT/s HyperTransport Link, 2000 MT/s CPU-NB,
No L3 Cache
3.875 GHz (15.5 x 250 MHz), 1.4 V
2000 MT/s HT Link, 2250 MT/s CPU-NB
CPU Cooler
Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92
Unchanged
Motherboard
ASRock M3A770DE
AMD 770 / SB710, BIOS P1.60 (06/08/10)
Unchanged
RAM
4 GB Mushkin PC3-10600 kit 996586
2 x 2048 MB, DDR3-1333, CL 9-9-9-24 1T at 1.5 V
DDR3-1333, CL 9-9-9-24 1T at 1.5V
Graphics
<br>Sparkle SXX460768D5UNM GeForce GTX 460 768 MB
675/1350 MHz GPU/Shaders, 900 MHz (3600 MT/s) Memory
823/1640 MHz GPU/Shaders, 1050 MHz (4200 MT/s) GDDR5 Memory
Hard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U
320 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache
Unchanged
Sound
Integrated 7.1-Channel HD Audio
Unchanged
Network
Integrated Gigabit Networking
Unchanged
Power
Antec Earthwatts Green 380 W
Unchanged
Optical
Lite-On 24x DVD Burner SATA iHAS 124-04
Unchanged
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
Unchanged
Graphics Driver
Nvidia 260.99 WHQL
Unchanged
Platform Driver
AMD All-in-1 Ver. 8.631_W7_logo
Unchanged
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Crysis
Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Very High Quality, No AA
DiRT 2
in-game benchmark, DX11
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x AA
Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2
Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call Of Pripyat
Call Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Test Set 1: High Preset, DX11 EFDL, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, 4x MSAA
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes
Version:9.0.2.25 x64
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
HandBrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4
Convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai (1 GB) to .mp4, High Profile
TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress
Version: 4.7.3.292
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.9.1
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
Xvid 1.2.2
Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 kbp/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Productivity
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010
Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0
Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90
Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
7-Zip
Version 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Version 11.0 Extended (64-bit)
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.0.2, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.0.1.0 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010
Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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